GI tag to Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta 

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Both the products have been in circulation for centuries and are important to their native cultures 

  • Chak-Hao, which is a black rice variety of Manipur, and Gorakhpur terracotta have bagged the Geogrphical Indication (GI) tag.  
  • Chak-Hao, a scented glutinous rice which has been in cultivation in Manipur over centuries, is characterised by its special aroma.   
  • It is normally eaten during community feasts and is served as Chak-Hao kheer.  
  • Chak-Hao has also been used by traditional medical practitioners as part of traditional medicine.   
  • According to the GI application filed, this rice takes the longest cooking time of 40-45 minutes due to the presence of a fibrous bran layer and higher crude fibre content.  
  • At present, the traditional system of Chak-Hao cultivation is practised in some pockets of Manipur.   
  • Direct sowing of pre-soaked seeds and also transplantation of rice seedlings raised in nurseries in puddled fields are widely practised in the State’s wetlands.  
  • The terracotta work of Gorakhpur is a centuries-old traditional art form, where the potters make various animal figures like, horses, elephants, camel, goat and ox with hand-applied ornamentation.  
  • Some of the major products of craftsmanship include the Hauda elephants, Mahawatdar horse, deer, camel, five-faced Ganesha, singled-faced Ganesha, elephant table, chandeliers and hanging bells.  
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